I went home a few weekends ago and took a few guns up so my dad and I could go to the shooting range. One of the pistols I took was my Colt series 80 government model (plain jane colt 1911). On the range, my dad was shooting his five seven (which he bought after shooting mine) and then transitioned to my Colt. He shot better with it than I have ever seen him shoot, and needless to say he was dumbfounded. He got that "I gotta get me one of these" look in his eye, and sure enough we found ourselves at Bachman Gun & Pawn the next day.
Long story short, he one-upped me and got the fancy Colt XSE series 80 in stainless. Aside from it being stainless, it has better sights, a rail, abmi safety, skeletonized trigger and hammer, nice beavertail, front slide serrations, and comes with 8 round mags instead of 7 rounders. After an additional range trip, I cleaned them up and snapped a few photos-
And lastly, this is how the frame and slide of any factory 1911 should line up-
I'll play...these are among some pics I took for insurance last year. I inherited this one from my Grandpa's gun collection, was one of his favorites. He took it on trade in 1953, it's a 1950 production (81xxx S/N). I've owned some nice handguns but have always shot best with this one...only change I've made is the rubber grip. It was the first semi-auto I ever shot in my life, and then I later inherited it when he died. I have the original paperwork from 1950 as well.
...and of course I do still have the original walnut grips.
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